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www.uscg.mil/proceedings 28 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 capacity is not an accurate planning tool to determine oil spill response equipment needs. In addition, many attendees concluded that EDRC should account for the skimmer system as a whole, not individual skimmer components such as pump capacity. In 2010, the Coast Guard and BSEE formed a joint response workgroup to improve inter- agency partnerships and oil spill preparedness efforts in several key areas. One of the major tasks associated with this effort was to review existing regulations for calculating mechani- cal oil spill response equipment effectiveness. In 2012, the agencies completed a third-party, independent research contract to review exist- ing EDRC regulations and make recommen- dations for improving planning standards for mechanical recovery. The contractor based its fnal report methodology on oil spill thickness as a fundamental component in calculating mechanical recovery potential and emphasized the importance of on-scene response time and storage for recovered oil. The Coast Guard and BSEE have initiated discussions with the oil industry, OSRO community, other federal agencies, and other interested parties regarding the practicality of the contractor's fnal report methodology. The agencies will continue this dialogue with appropri- ate government and industry stakeholders to evaluate potential courses of action. This body of research may infuence future improvements to the existing EDRC planning standards. Ongoing Efforts As t he Coast Guard moves forward to address the highly complex issue of developing a new planning standard for mechanical recovery, there are several considerations that must be addressed. First, there is a general under- standing that the more factors that are incorporated into an improved planning standard, the more tenuous and complex the methodology will become. Although there is a need for more sc ient i f ic va l id it y i n noteworthy progress in designing a new regulatory framework. For the past three years, the JITF has promoted informa- tion and knowledge sharing regarding best available mechanical recovery technologies to optimize skimming systems in the appropriate operating environments. This industry group has also carefully tracked and monitored research and development efforts to ensure visibility among plan holders, OSROs, and other key industry stakeholders. At the 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforce- ment (BSEE), and the American Petroleum Institute sponsored an EDRC workshop with pre- sentations and facilitated dis- cussion with other members of the oil spill response commu- nity including representatives from the federal government, oil industry, shipping indus- try, and the OSRO community. This event served as a forum to exchange information, observa- tions, and experiences related to EDRC and mechanical recovery. Workshop participants agreed that the effective daily recovery A vessel crew deploys a skimmer off the coast of Brazil. Photo courtesy of Elastec/American Marine. A fxed wing aircraft releases oil dispersant. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Stephen Lehmann. Winter �2013_45.indd 28 2/10/14 9:31 AM